D-311, Initial Attack Dispatcher, 2005

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This course is designed to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP). The concepts taught in this course will help an IADP perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. The course is a mix of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and simulation. Students will have the opportunity to practice new skills in the exercise and simulation portions of the class.


  • Dispatch multiple resources to an incident using standard procedures.
  • Identify the common roles of an IADP in the initial attack dispatch environment.
  • Practice multitasking and prioritizing actions in a realistic situation.

Target Group

Initial Attack Dispatchers desiring to be available for national mobilization (across geographic area boundaries).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Successful completion of Basic Firefighter (S-130) and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190).
  • Qualified as Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC).

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



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Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 32
Total Hours 32

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The lead instructor must be either an assistant center manager with initial attack experience or an Expanded Dispatch Supervisory Dispatcher (EDSP) with initial attack experience.

Unit instructors must be qualified as Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP).

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.


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